Myth: It’s not Seasonal Affective Disorder

Myth #24: “It isn’t Seasonal Affective Disorder, it is just the winter blues. Everyone gets down during the fall and winter months.”

Facts:  There can be several reasons for feeling down during the late autumn and winter months. Often these feelings might be due to temporary or situational circumstances, however they could be signs of something more serious such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is episodes of depression that occur at a certain time of the year,usually during winter. People who live in places with long winter nights are at greater risk for SAD. Symptoms usually build up slowly in the late autumn and winter months and are often the same as with depression. If you think you’re experiencing SAD, see your medical provider or a mental health professional as soon as possible. Various therapies and/or medications can ease or eliminate your discomfort.

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